Shareholders Sell Majority Stake in exocad GmbH to the Carlyle Group

On September 11, it was announced that The Carlyle Group has acquired a majority stake in Willkie client exocad GmbH, a provider of software for the dental industry. Willkie advised Fraunhofer Institut and the founders of exocad in the sale of their stakes, as well as the founders on their reinvestment.

exocad, an independent developer of dental CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) software solutions, is headquartered in Germany and has five offices worldwide. Its products are sold through a diversified network of partners and system-integrators as part of original equipment manufacturers’ CAD/CAM equipment across more than 120 countries worldwide.

The Willkie deal team was led by partner Mario Schmidt and national partner Axel Wahl and included partners Patrick Meiisel and Susanne Zuehlke; national partners Bettina Bokeloh, Christian Rolf and Jasmin Dettmar; and associates Andreas Feith, Wolfgang Münchow, Johannes Eckhardt and Andreas Knödler.

Willkie Advises on Privatization of Nice’s Airport

Willkie recently advised the Azzurra consortium (consisting of the Atlantia Group, EDF Invest and Aeoporti di Roma) on the bid for the privatization of Nice’s airport. On July 28, the consortium was deemed the best bidder in the process that will result notably in the sale of the French state’s 60% interest in the company that controls three airports on the French Riviera (Nice – the largest French Airport after Paris – as well as Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez). The firm advised the bidders on the preparation of the proposal submitted to the State and is accompanying the consortium in the acquisition, financing and regulatory process toward completion of the transaction.

The Willkie team was led by partners Thierry Laloum and Amir Jahanguiri and included partner David Tayar; national partner Gabriel Flandin; special European counsel Philippe Grudé; counsel Leonardo Fedrini; and associates Anne-Laure Barel, Perrine Saunier, Gabrielle Reddé, Antoine Bouzanquet, Laure Pistre, Marion Bellemin, Louis Jambu Merlin, Mathilde Ayel, Guillaume Melot, Luca Leonardi and Massimo Palombi.